Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Robbie Coltrane, Craig Ferguson
Director: Mark Andrews
Release Date: 22 June 2012
Next on the docket is Brave a new 3D animation from Pixar. I have loved the majority of Pixar’s movies. There are just a few that I did not care for. This is the first telling of a fairy tale for Pixar which has lead some to claim this looks more like a Dream Works movie because of their association with the Shrek franchise and the Norwegian tale, How to Train your Dragon. While I do agree this tale seems like a darker film and a departure for Pixar the premise and the look of the movie is right up my alley.
It is a middle ages tale set in Scotland where for generations a contest consisting of the most skilled archers will vie for the hand of the daughter of the Scottish king. The willful and impetuous princess Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald, is a skilled archer in her own right and is determined that she will be the one to decide her own fate. This causes great discord with her parents King Fergus, voiced by Billy Connolly and Queen Elinor, voiced by Emma Thompson. By ignoring this age-old custom she has also upset the Lords MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), Macintosh (Craig Ferguson) and Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane). In searching for a way to escape the conflict she has created Merida turns to a witch who then places a curse on her. Merida then begins her challenge to find the bravery within herself and right the wrongs she has caused and undo the spell she is under.
As usual the art and the animation looks stellar and this has become the expected norm in a Pixar film. This is also the first Pixar movie to portray a female in the lead role. Merida, with her long flowing curly red hair captures the look of innocence while also containing a brave heart and strong independence. My only complaint in the design of the characters is with some of the men. To me a few of them look freakish and ghastly. I don’t think that will completely put me off of this film for Pixar rarely missteps.
Posted on May 3, 2012, in Captain's Log..., Coming soon.... and tagged Billy Connolly, Brave, Craig Ferguson, Julie Walters, Kelly Macdonald, Pixar, Robbie Coltrane, Summer 2012. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.